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Onkologie 31. Oktober 2009

Radiation therapy for palliation of cancer-related chronic pain

Percutaneous radiotherapy is highly effective as a part of an interdisciplinary approach in the treatment of cancer-related chronic pain. Overall response rates of 70–90% and complete pain relief rates of 40–50% have been reported in numerous retrospective and randomized clinical trials. Beside the analgesic effect, radiation therapy enables the restoration of bony structure and musculoskeletal function, improves patients’ mobility and quality of life. The objective of this publication is to give a short review over the role and importance of radiation therapy in the palliative management of patients with cancer-associated pain.

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